15 shows will take place at the Auditorio de Tenerife, Espacio La Granja, Teatro Guimerá, the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts) and several outdoor locations


The Tenerife Island Council has announced the 14th edition of the Arts and Movement Festival (FAM), an initiative promoted by the Auditorio de Tenerife. Details were provided by José Carlos Acha, who is the regional Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Culture of the Island Council of Tenerife, Cristóbal de la Rosa, who is the General Director of Cultural Innovation and Creative Industries, and José Luis Rivero, the Artistic Director of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

The scheduled companies constitute a varied sample of talented Spanish dance artists, such as Sharon Fridman, Poliana Lima, Reinaldo Ribero, Mucha Muchacha, Marcia Vázquez, Elías Aguirre, Luz Arcas de La Phármaco, Qabalum, Lucía Montes y Mado Dallery, Richard Mascherin, Ertza, La Veronal de Marcos Morau, and Kor'sia.

José Carlos Acha explained that "between 1 and 9 June, Santa Cruz will see 18 performances of 15 dance shows of 13 companies. The performances will take place at Espacio La Granja, Teatro Guimerá, Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts), the Auditorio de Tenerife and several outdoor locations in Santa Cruz".

The regional minister added that "The programme includes large-scale theatrical performances, outdoor solo performances, award-winning duets, interdisciplinary pieces and many more acts in different formats and offering different concepts that go from reflections on the passing of time to representations of the gravitational effect on bodies, all interpreted through the lens of contemporary dance". Acha went on to say, "We must continue offering dance at the institutional level, and the FAM is helping to achieve that goal".

Cristóbal de la Rosa recalled that the festival's beginnings "started with the Auditorio de Tenerife and José Luis Rivero as a bold decision taken in the wake of the 2011 crisis brought on by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy". "We are grateful for the Tenerife Island Council's backing of contemporary dance and for the receptiveness of other public administrations". Explaining what he considers a necessity, De la Rosa went on to say, "In the Canary Islands, we must continue offering dance, and those in charge of programming must be adventurous to give these kinds of festivals a footing, to reach youth and to create a supporting community".

José Luis Rivero pointed out that "without the FAM, collaboration among institutions would be impossible. In our case, the implication is even greater, as the shows are jointly directed with the technical staff of the venues". This programme is highly representative of the domestic dance scene, with a combination of prestigious choreographers, from the internationally acclaimed Marcos Morau to Poliana Lima, along with other emerging artists in smaller formats, in addition to regional artists, of course". He also stressed the importance of affordable prices, "with tickets at eight euros and a wide range of discounts offered".

The Canary Islands Government collaborates with the festival through the Regional Institute of Cultural Development, the Autonomous Department of Cultural Affairs of the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the programme "Danza a Escena", which is part of the Spanish Network of Theatres of the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) of Spain's Ministry of Culture.

The festival will kick off on Saturday, 1 June, with Go Figure, performed by the Sharon Fridman Company at Espacio La Granja at 8:00 p.m. At the same venue, on Sunday, 2 June, the Poliana Lima Company will interpret The Common Ground at 7:30 p.m. The scheduled performance for Monday, 3 June, is NO/MAS/SACRE, a duet directed by Reinaldo Ribeiro, to take place onstage at La Granja at 8:00 p.m. The programme for the following day at 8:00 p.m. features the first large-format performance of Mucha Muchacha, interpreted by the eponymous company.

Wednesday, 5 June, the solo artist Marcia Vázquez will offer an outdoor performance of Onde pousa a humidade at 5:30 p.m. in Plaza del Príncipe and at 7:30 p.m. outside Espacio La Granja. Also scheduled for that day is This is Alfred, interpreted by Elías Aguirre with double bassist Jorge da Rocha at 6:00 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts. At Espacio La Granja at 8:00 p.m., Oro negro will be performed by the Poliana Lima Company. On Thursday, 6 June, Luz Arcas and her company La Phármaco will offer the public the live-music show Mariana at the Teatro Guimerá at 8:00 p.m.

The programme continues outdoors on Friday, 7 June, with the duet performance La medida que nos ha de dividir interpreted by the Qabalum Company at 6:00 p.m. in Plaza del Príncipe and at 8:30 p.m. outside the Teatro Guimerá. For a different experience, Vacío espiritual will be performed by Richard Mascherin in Plaza del Chicharro at 7:00 p.m., and an hour later, a duet performance of Otempodiz will be offered by the Ertza Company outside the Teatro Guimerá. The only indoor performance scheduled for Friday will be In-Side, an interpretation by Lucía Montes and Mado Dallery at 6:30 p.m. and at 9:00 p.m. at the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts).

Two performances have been scheduled for Saturday, 8 June. The first is He aquí un acto romántico, by the Richard Mascherin Company at 6:00 p.m. at Espacio La Granja, and the second is Sonoma, at 8:00 p.m. at Teatro Guimerá, by the company La Veronal, led by Marcos Morau, winner of the National Dance Award.

The festival's grand finale is the large-format show Mont Ventoux, interpreted by the Spanish company Kor'sia, which takes place on Sunday, 9 June at 7:30 p.m. in the Symphony Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

All information, including ticket sales, will start tomorrow (Wednesday 15) and is available on www.famtenerife.com, and at each venue's point of ticket sales.